March 7, 2000
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Top-ranked Florida State (19-2), winners of 13 straight,
topped St. Joseph’s (3-7) by a score of 15-2 tonight at Jackie Robinson
Stadium in Daytona Beach. Sophomore Chris Smith became the first Seminole
to hit for the cycle since Jeremy Salazar accomplished the feat against
Georgia Tech on April 26, 1996. It took a home run in the eighth inning to
give him the cycle.
Smith got things going with a triple to lead off the game in the bottom of
the first. Designated hitter John-Ford Griffin drove him home with a single
to right to make it 1-0 FSU.
St. Joseph’s tied it up at one with a run in the top of the second inning.
Catcher Rob Reed doubled and then scored on a single by left fielder Justin
FSU scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth to take a 4-1 lead
into the seventh. The Seminoles broke the game open with five runs in the
seventh and six more in the eighth.
Second baseman Bobby Spano knocked in two of those runs with his first
career home run in the eighth. Smith’s home run was a two-run shot to left
that concluded the scoring in the eighth.
Smith went 4-for-5 in the game with three runs scored and three RBI while
center fielder Karl Jernigan went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead FSU
offensively. Brett Groves, Mike Futrell and Spano had two RBI apiece.
Freshman Matt Lynch improved to 3-0 on the year as he went 6.0 innings,
allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out a career-high eight
batters. Nick Whidden, Eric Roman and Daniel Hodges each worked an inning
of relief. St. Joseph’s scored one unearned run over the final three innings.
SJU starter Scott Fremont (1-3) was the losing pitcher, giving up four
earned runs in 5.0 innings.
The Seminoles play one more game in Daytona as they face Siena tomorrow at
1:00 p.m. Freshman Robby Read will make his first career start against the
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FSU 110 101 56x 15 15 3